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I picked up my second bottle of "The Third Bottle" Red (Gustavo Thrace - Napa) the other day, vaguely remembering that I had liked it before, but not recalling much about it. It was about $11 or $12 and the last bottle in the bin at my favorite wine store.

I opened it last night and I now believe it will become a go-to everyday drinker. I had no food with it, and the wine was great on its own. I don't mean to overstate it, we are talking about an inexpensive wine. But it's damn good.

It is balanced with an oak emphasis. The smell of white oak creates an unidentified nostalgia for me, so I tend to like what some consider over-oaked. The finish was long and pleasant. Most importantly in this price range, there is nothing offensive about it.

I've paid much more for lesser wines.
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Originally posted by Ozarks21:

It is balanced with an oak emphasis. The smell of white oak creates an unidentified nostalgia for me, so I tend to like what some consider over-oaked. The finish was long and pleasant. Most importantly in this price range, there is nothing offensive about it.


You can ID white oak, are you kidding? Do you have beaver in your family tree? Wait, you're from the Ozarks, nevermind.
I think white oak is about the only kind used for wine barrels (I'm not sure what they call it in France). That distinctive oaky flavor and smell is white oak. Red oak doesn't have the same smell when cut. Plus, red oak is very porous and I would think not good for barrel making.

I had always smelled this growing up when firewood was cut, but I didn't realize what it was until I took up woodworking a few years ago. It's the stuff used in most of the Gustav Stickley craftsman era furniture.

I was helping some friends clear a fallen tree with chainsaws two weeks ago and I got a sudden craving for wine. It was a white oak tree.
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Originally posted by Golf&Pinot Nut:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Do you have beaver in your family tree?


huh! huh! huh! huh! - he said "beaver."



Wondering how long B&BH would take to surface.

Big Grin Allright, you're officially on my "he's okay" list. At least for the time being. Wink

Ozarks,

Excellent, you're a better woodsman than I (I said wood). If you can sniff out white oak amid the tan/black/red/live oaks, kudos to you. And, I thought all they had were walnut bowls in the Ozarks.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Golf&Pinot Nut:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Do you have beaver in your family tree?


huh! huh! huh! huh! - he said "beaver."



Wondering how long B&BH would take to surface.

Big Grin Allright, you're officially on my "he's okay" list. At least for the time being. Wink

Ozarks,

Excellent, you're a better woodsman than I (I said wood). If you can sniff out white oak amid the tan/black/red/live oaks, kudos to you. And, I thought all they had were walnut bowls in the Ozarks.


I read this post three times looking for a spelling or grammar error, and you let me down.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Golf&Pinot Nut:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Do you have beaver in your family tree?


huh! huh! huh! huh! - he said "beaver."



Wondering how long B&BH would take to surface.

Big Grin Allright, you're officially on my "he's okay" list. At least for the time being. Wink

Ozarks,

Excellent, you're a better woodsman than I (I said wood). If you can sniff out white oak amid the tan/black/red/live oaks, kudos to you. And, I thought all they had were walnut bowls in the Ozarks.


Do tan, black or live oaks smell anything like white oak when they are cut? I could not sniff out the difference between these others. I just know what it smells like to saw white oak (and I only know it's white oak because the lumber store says so). Then I recognize the same smell in wine and when helping cut a fallen tree.

The walnut bowl place is just down the road from the barrel making place. Quite a bit of local white oak goes to the cooper. To think, I could have peed on the tree that was used to make the barrel that aged your favorite wine.

Did this really turn into a Beavis and Butthead thread? That Sucks, u-huh.

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